By Linda Cicoira — A Sanford woman was indicted Monday by an Accomack grand jury on 17 counts of financial exploitation of an elderly neighbor.
Rose Marie Thornes, 59, of Saxis Road, is accused of exploiting the late Philip Douglas Fisher, who died at the age of 87 on March 1. The crimes involve more than $500 each and occurred between May 16, 2017, and Sept. 24, 2018. Investigator Aaron Turner, of the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office, investigated.
In another case, Juan C. Ponce, 38, of Elmhurst, N.Y., and Christian Tyreck Ruffin, 34, of Merrick Boulevard, in Jamaica, N.Y. were accused of crimes in a credit card scheme aimed at gaining funds to buy cigarettes.
Ponce was indicted on counts of credit card fraud, conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, and credit card theft between March 7 and 21. Ponce was also indicted on two April 18 counts of credit card larceny.
Ruffin was indicted on eight counts of credit card larceny in connection with April 18 incidents.
The two were arrested at the Royal Farms in Nelsonia April 18. A search found a total of 238 credit cards, two credit card skimmers/reloaders, a laptop, an external hard drive, and more than 50 cartons of cigarettes.
Ruffin told police “the credit card skimmers/reloaders were used at restaurants across the bay to obtain the restaurant patrons’ credit card information and that obtained credit card information was then downloaded onto cloned credit cards which were used by Ruffin and Ponce to purchase cigarettes,” according to court records. Sgt. Ed Perry and Turner investigated.
Charmonique Niketa Hamilton, 38, of Locustville, was indicted on 15 counts of welfare fraud that occurred between January 2015 and June 2018. Information was given to the jury by Frances Bailey, a fraud investigator with the Accomack Department of Social Services.
Ashley Lee Lafferty, 33, of Parksley, was indicted on 14 counts of welfare fraud that occurred between October 2015 and April 2018. Bailey investigated.
Mary Ann Fitchett, 41, of Chincoteague Road in New Church, was indicted on a count of burglary while armed with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit a felony at the dwelling of Melissa Kellam on May 3. Taren Tychelle Harmon, 29, of Matthews Road in Mappsville, and Shaquita Monique West, of Parksley, were each indicted on a count of burglary with intent to commit a felony at Kellam’s home. Former Deputy K. McGregor, of ACSO, who is now an officer with the Onancock Police Department, investigated.
Marcus Douglas Turner, 45, of St. Bernard Street in Philadelphia, was indicted on March 16 counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and transporting more than an ounce of cocaine, coca leaves or a salt compound or derivative with the intent to distribute. Special Agent Scott Wade, head the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force, gave information to the grand jury.
Dwain Deshaun Handy, 29, of Welbourne Lane in Horntown, was indicted on a count of possession with the intent to distribute between a half-ounce and five pounds of marijuana on Feb. 18. Sgt. E. Perry, of ACSO, investigated.
Dean Anderson Richardson, 21, of Mason Street in Belle Haven, was indicted on counts of forging a public record, burglary of a building belonging to Adam Gregory, stealing property belonging to Gregory, and arson with the intent to defraud an insurance company. The incidents occurred Nov. 27. Trooper Joshua Shaffer and Perry gave testimony to the grand jury.
Joanna Martinez, 34, of Hale Street in Fitchburg, Mass., formerly of Savageville Road in Onancock, was indicted on a count of embezzling property belonging to Walmart on Jan. 17, 2018. Perry gave information to the jury.
Troy Hill, 41, of Carter Street in Onancock, was indicted on the Feb. 13 offense of breaking into the home of Tylissa Riley with the intent to commit a felony. Perry investigated.
Mahagee Khalil Wise, 21, of Redwood Road in Melfa, was indicted on counts of distribution of between a half-ounce and five pounds of marijuana and felony eluding. The incidents occurred on March 15. Deputy K.A. Reese, of ACSO, investigated.
Stanley Avon Ames, 62, of Boston Road in Painter, was indicted on counts of a third or subsequent offense of shoplifting, from Walmart in Onley, and driving after being declared a habitual offender. The offenses stem from May 11 incidents. Officer Patrick Coulter, of the Onley Police Department, investigated.
Deandre Arness Abbott, 28, of Woodland Park Avenue in Parksley, was indicted on counts of intentional destruction of more than $1,000 to property owned by Parksley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company on March 31. Northampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Beverly Leatherbury will prosecute the case. Information was given to the jury by Hodgson. Abbott was indicted on counts of eluding and unauthorized use of a vehicle in connection with April 16 incidents.
Jaquin Lamarcus Ayres, 33, of Parksley was indicted on a count of stealing property valued at more than $500 belonging to Walmart on April 28. Hodgson investigated.
Trina Lee Burns, 46, of Atlantic Road in Temperanceville, was indicted on a count of felony eluding that occurred on Feb. 17. Hodgson investigated.
Marie E. Dunne, 54, of Livingston, N.J., was indicted on a count of felony eluding on May 23. Hodgson investigated.
Willie Wayne Hall, 58, of Deerfoot Road in Melfa, was indicted on an April 9 count of possession of cocaine. Deputy Julian Sharp, of ACSO, investigated.
Maryann Pezzuto, 59, of Park Lane in Onancock, was indicted on a count of possessing cocaine April 24. Sharp investigated.
Clifton James Townsend Jr., no age or address available, was indicted on a count of possessing or transporting a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon by a felon on April 17. Sharp investigated.
Jushia Roshon Wise, 33, of Seaside Road in Exmore, was indicted on a March 14 count of possession of cocaine. Sharp investigated.
Gloria Marie Grillone, 32, of Mason Road in Bloxom, was indicted on a July 18 count of possession of cocaine. Deputy Kenny Reese, of ACSO, investigated.
Earl Samuels Jr., 42, of Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y., was indicted on a count of grand larceny of property valued at $500 or more belonging to the Royal Farms in New Church April 17. Deputy G. Lewis, of ACSO, investigated.
Shameka Lashawn Wharton, 36, of Accomac, was indicted on a count of attempting to obtain money by false pretenses from Elephant Insurance on Dec. 17, 2016. Special Agent E. Smith, of the state police, investigated.
Kendrick Dequan Corbin, of Onancock, was indicted on a count of possession of cocaine on March 8. Deputy K. McGregor, of ACSO, investigated.
Ramel Jaquan Crippen, no age or address available, was indicted on counts of stealing a vehicle, valued at $500 or more, belonging to Johnny Irvin and felony eluding. The incidents occurred May 29. Sharp and Chief B. Tittermary, of Bloxom Police Department, investigated.